Plume is dedicated to finding and championing a select group of new nonfiction voices in the genres of pop culture, cultural and feminist statements, influencers in the food, wine, and lifestyle space, and humorous and whimsical gift books. Recent successes have included New York Times bestsellers Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair, Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink, and Jolie Kerr’s My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag, as well as Louisa Thomsen Brits’s The Book of Hygge, Anne Helen Petersen’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Marissa A. Ross’s Wine. All the Time, and Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying.
Plume was founded in 1970 as the trade paperback imprint of New American Library. In its early history, Plume focused primarily on nonfiction titles, publishing approximately 35 titles per year. In the early 1980s, as trade paperbacks were rapidly becoming the format of choice among a large segment of book buyers, Plume began expanding its reach, and became recognized as one of the pre-eminent trade paperback imprints. Today, Plume is part of the Dutton imprint, and publishes in all formats but continues a commitment to trade paperback excellence. Plume’s perennial classics include Russell Baker’s Growing Up, Danica McKellar’s Math Doesn’t Suck, Wendy Northcutt’s The Darwin Awards, and Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods’s The Genius of Dogs, as well as best-selling fiction by Dorothy Allison, Diane Johnson, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and August Wilson.
Ivan Held is President of Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. He currently oversees business, editorial, and publishing strategies for Putnam and Berkley.
Ivan started his career as a bookseller in Washington, DC, before moving to the publicity department at Random House, where he worked with authors ranging from Norman Mailer to General Colin Powell. In the late 1990s he was named VP/Associate Publisher and Marketing Director for the Viking imprint of Penguin. Before returning to Penguin in 2005, he founded the Random House Trade Paperbacks imprint at Random House.
Christine Ball is Senior Vice President, Publisher for Dutton, Putnam, and Berkley. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. She was named Vice President in 2011 and Associate Publisher in 2012. She orchestrated and navigated the publicity for the highly controversial No Easy Day, securing the first ever hour-long interview for a book on 60 Minutes. Before joining Dutton, she had previously been Director of Publicity at Crown.
John Parsley oversees the editorial department and works closely with President Ivan Held and Senior VP, Publisher Christine Ball on acquisitions. John was previously VP, Executive Editor at Little, Brown, and he has edited many New York Times bestsellers and prize winners, including works by Harlan Coben, Walter R. Borneman, Seth Casteel, Col. Chris Hadfield, Oakley Hall, Annie Jacobsen, Sam Kean, Beth Macy, Don Mann, Kevin Mitnick, Joshua Ramo, Mariano Rivera, Willie Nelson, Tavis Smiley, Brad Stone, Max Uriarte, and Alan Weisman. Prior to Little, Brown he was with St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne.
Jill Schwartzman joined Dutton in January 2012 with a mandate to acquire platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on celebrity, pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative nonfiction. In 2018 she was also named Editorial Director of Plume. Her 2018 list features three-time New York Times bestselling author Nick Offerman’s joint memoir with his wife, Megan Mullally, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a memoir by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, a second book by Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, titled How Luck Happens, H Jon Benjamin’s Failure is an Option, Caitlin Moscatello’s See Jane Run, and Abby Maslin’s memoir Love You Hard. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, and John Taylor’s In the Pleasure Groove.
Before joining Dutton she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion and a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks, where she published the trade paperback original New York Times bestsellers Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, Gotcha Capitalism by Bob Sullivan, and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker.